Muslim Pilgrims Prepare For Eid Al-Adha Feast
Throngs of Muslim pilgrims converged Monday on Muzdalifah to prepare for Eid al-Adha feast after a day of prayer on Mount Arafat for an end to disputes and bloodshed.The faithful will spend the night in Muzdalifah to collect stones…
At least 100 killed in crush during Mecca pilgrimage
At least 100 people were killed and 390 injured in a crush Thursday during the Hajj pilgrimage outside Mecca, Saudi state television reports. Muslims around the world are currently marking Eid al-Adha, one of Islam's two most important holidays. The hajj is an annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Islam's holiest city. Ref. USAToday
Eid-ul-Adha celebrations begin globally. Muslims around the globe this week will start Eid al-Adha celebrations Friday. Eid al-Adha is Arabic for “festival of sacrifice” and is the second of two major Muslim holidays (The other being Eid al-Fitr). It is the holiday that marks the end of the hajj season, or pilgrimage season, that is performed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha commemorates the "Sacrifice" that was asked of Abraham by God, to sacrifice his son, only to have God intervene and substitute a ram (Or lamb) instead. In present-day, animals, usually goats, cows and lambs, are still sacrificed to mark the occasion. The meat from the animals sacrificed is shared with the community and food banks in areas where there are impoverished or food-insecure Muslims. Ref. USAToday.